New figures show proportion of adults with degrees is up

The Lumina Foundation reports that “the proportion of Americans with college and university degrees continues to rise slowly.”

However, other countries continue to outdo the United States in educational attainment.

The United States still ranks 11th in postsecondary attainment among its global competitors, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Facts About College Completion
  • 39.4 percent of Americans aged 25 to 64 have a postsecondary degree, which includes completion from both two- and four-year schools.
  • The proportion of adults aged 25 to 34 with college and university degrees is now almost 41 percent.
  • The Lumina Foundation is pushing for 60 percent of Americans to have postsecondary credentials by 2025. That represents a 50% increase over current figures.
  • Racial Divide – Fewer than 20 percent of Hispanics have degrees, just under 28 percent of blacks, about 44 percent of whites, and more than 59 percent of Asians.
  • Economic Divide – More than 80 percent of students in the top third of the income scale go to college, compared to less than 54 percent in the bottom third.

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